Q: How often should an adult cat have a bowel movement?
October 20, 2008 | By Cindy | 5 answers | Expired: 2244 days ago
My cat is under treatment currently with a prescription diet and Laxatone, but I'm wondering what would be considered normal. Once a day or once every 2-3 days?
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Oct 21, 2008
I have a cat with constipation issues. Her vet told me that she should be going a normal amount (whatever is normal to her) everyday. She takes a prescription laxative since she stopped eating the laxatone. Did you know there is a catnip flavored laxatone on the market now? I got the Rx filled at Costco since it is also a human drug and it cost $6. You don't have to be a member of Costco to use their pharmacy.
If the stool is very dry and hard by the time it passes, it is a sign of a problem. You need to stay on top of this as you don't want it to escalate into hospitalization for your cat and enemas.
What do you feed your cats? A higher fiber diet would be appropriate. Many weight control foods and dental cleaning foods tend to have the higher fiber. You should check the fiber percentages on the food labels.
If you feed soft food you can also add some canned pumpkin, but not canned pumpkin pie filling. Libby's makes canned pumpkin and it should be easier to find this time of year. Start slowly mixing in very small amounts into the food and gradually work up to more. Check with your vet as to what proportion is appropriate for your cat. If you only feed dry food, you can make it wet food by adding water and letting is get mushy so that you can mix in the pumpkin.
In my house the cat that needs the pumpkin didn't like it but the other cats loved it. That's why I suggest mixing it in very slowly. You don't want your cat to turn its nose up to the pumpkin like mine did.
If pumpkin doesn't work, you can try small amounts of plain yogurt. You should talk to your vet to find out the right mixture of pumpkin or yogurt is right for your pets situation. If need be, you can also get prescription liquid laxative/stool softener to force on your cat. Trust me it is no fun and a daily struggle in this house.
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